SPOILER ALERT: Get out of it! The Branning brothers attack Kirsty's ex in EastEnders… but is there REALLY a mini Max on the way
01:10 GMT, 18 April 2013
06:48 GMT, 18 April 2013
When Jack Branning vanished from the square on Tuesday viewers may have thought the hunky gym owner had left for good.
But fans of Scott Maslen will be relieved – EastEnders bosses have a few more Branning brothers scenes to go yet – and yes, that includes an old fashioned soap brawl over a lady.
In stills released from BBC bosses Jack and Max, played by Jake Wood, get into a Branning brawl with Kirsty's violent ex.
Branning brawl: Max Branning, played by Jake Wood, and brother Jack, played by Scott Maslen, attack Kirsty's ex in the hunky gym owner's final scenes
Obviously irony is lost on these lads, who helped Kirsty, played by Kierston Wareing, escape her domestic abuse situation, as they tackle the actor.
Ex cop Jack, who famously thought he left one-time love rival Phil Mitchell, played by Steve McFadden, dead in The Arches, is more hands on than his balding brother, grabbing the villain by the neck.
Producers are remaining tight-lipped over what has caused the ruckus although viewers know Max's wife Kirsty is currently pregnant.
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Although rumours are rife that former wild-haired barmaid Kirsty isn't actually pregnant in the soap and has merely made up a phantom pregnancy.
According to Digital Spy Kat Moon, played by Jesse Wallace, discovers Kirsty is lying just before the happy couple announce their baby news to the Queen Vic.
A source told the website: 'Now aware that Kirsty is lying, Kat (Jessie Wallace) is shocked that she is planning to keep up the charade with the desperate hope of getting pregnant by Max in the meantime.
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'Meanwhile, Max secures a flat for him and Kirsty so that they can finally move out of the B&B. She is delighted that her lie seems to be paying off.'
The 41-year-old actor has played ladies man Jack Branning on the soap since 2007 but he said it is time he focused on other roles.
He announced in February: 'I've loved playing Jack, and who wouldn't want to work on one of the most successful British TV series, but I've been offered many other roles and just not been able to explore them in the past, simply because of time and commitments to EastEnders, and so now it feels like the time to tread a new path for a while.'
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The star noted he wanted to face 'new challenges' after playing the same character for over five years.
He added: 'I've played Jack for five and a half years and had some fantastic storylines, but it's now time to have a break from him and try something different.
'I'm incredibly attached to Jack, his family and 'EastEnders', but as an actor I'd like to take on some new challenges for a bit.